Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Decorating the mantel for fall

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Hello all! How are you this fine fall day? Sorry this post is later than usual – I was sidetracked by a quick (if two hours there and two back can be considered quick) trip to IKEA. WHOO!

I’m back today with our fall mantel and will be linking up over at Kate’s shindig:

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Since our new, big mantel is still new to me, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it this fall. I knew I wanted something tall in an old vase I found antiquing last year and that was about it.

The starting point found me this past weekend when a friend and I visited a fall festival at one of our favorite shops. My local blog friend Angela was there and I found these ahhhhmazing floofy things in her shop:

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We don’t know what they are, but they scream fall to me. They are SO. COOL. Fluffy and soft and long and lovely. I put them in the vase at one end of the mantel, then started playing with colors, heights and textures as I went across:

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The wood frame was from Target (filled with a pic of the Bub from last Halloween – fitting I thought) and the copper pumpkin was a find in the dollar spot a few weeks ago as well. The deep metallic tone was just the pop I needed!

I loved the pumpkin wreath I made for the patio so much I ended up bringing it in. I have something in mind that’s a tad more neutral for this spot though so this one may go back out soon:

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I just hung it from a piece of burlap (that’s hot glued to the top of the frame).

I was at a BFF’s house the other day, lamenting that I have NO driftwood to decorate with. What kind of decor blogger doesn't have driftwood I ask??

Me.

Until she was all, OH, I have a pile of it from our trip to the lake! Huh? Do I even know her anymore? How was I not aware of her plethora of driftwood?

I used some of it in the middle of the mantel because I ask you…what says fall more than driftwood from the beach?:

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;)

I’m pretty excited about the next part people. I found some hydrangeas at Trader Joe’s last fall that I fell in LOVE with – and low and behold, the hydrangeas on my pretty Pee Gee trees in the back turn into those exact ones! The colors are fantastic:

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I can finally say…I got those beautiful flowers from my yard. Awesome. :)

The candlesticks were Goodwill finds I used in my Christmas centerpiece last year. I just spray painted them a copper color to tie in with the little pumpkin on the other side. And I finished it off with a big rattan pumpkin I’ve had for years, I think I got it from Target?:

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I adore all of these colors – I mean. LOVE.

The greens, creams, oranges and touches of metallic – they are what fall is all about around here: fall mantel decorating

I took some of these pics  yesterday on a sunny day, and some today when it was dark and chilly. (My favorite.) Perfect excuse to get a fire going:

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I love how everything works with my wood art I showed you last week:

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This is not the time of year when less is more for me…that comes in January and February. :) Now I crave warm colors and a cozy feel in our rooms, and our family room feels so cozy to me right now.

Like a fall hug.

Awwww, gosh.

Even the dog likes it:

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But he likes pretty much everything. :)

I can’t wait to see all the beautiful fireplaces and vignettes over at Kate’s! And don’t forget to come back and link up on Thursday when I host our last party – it’s all about easy, simple ways to add fall touches to your home. Anything goes! As long as it’s simple and easy. Or fall themed. Whatever.

45 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful and the colors and textures certainly are evocative of Fall.

    PS-I extra love the floofy things ;)

    Happy Fall.

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  2. Layering makes it very cozy- Love those candle sticks. Happy Fall!

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  3. i absolutely love everything... so pretty.. and warm <3

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  4. Great mantle! I don't know what they are called either, but we have a Golden named Wrigley so we call them "Wrigley tails" :). I have some growing in the back yard and I never thought to bring them inside. Good idea!

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  5. I love your decorations! Especially the tall vase on the end. What is is made of and where did you get it?

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  6. I love it Sarah! Those fluffy things are soo cool! I must find something like that asap. Hmm, wonder what you're thinking of for the spot the wreath is in? Maybe a diy project? ; )

    ~ Catie

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  7. Sarah, it looks great! I love it all...can't wait to see what you bought at IKEA!

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  8. Wow! So so beautiful Sarah, I absolutely love it!!!! The whole scene is sooooo cozy and perfect for fall!! xoxo

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  9. I am totally loving it.. Your knock-off wood art looks gorgeous and I just love the fluffy stuff:) This is perfect! I am totally envious because the ONE thing I let me hubby do around the house was put the TV above the fireplace and mantle..... Regretted it ever since:(

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  10. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Sooo warm and cozy!

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  11. I love that wreath! I am so making one of those; it is fabulous!!!

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  12. I love it all!! But, have to say that the Pirate photo might just be my favorite part. ;-) I've got to send the link to your new fireplace to a friend who is struggling with what to do with the giant TV hole above hers. She will LOVE this as much as I do!
    Vanessa

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  13. Well, if the dog likes it it has to be good! You did a great job and I'm lovin' the shiny copper pieces! ~ Maureen

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  14. Very nice!

    Wishing I had a mantel over my fireplace but have the big TV hole above the fireplace and haven't figured out incorporating a mantel with the hole.

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  15. Lovely ...simple and warm... Really a comfort zone! Oh and I so want to make one of the wooden -PB knockoff-pieces.

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  16. This is really beautiful, Sarah!!

    And if you ever want a driftwood shipment ... just shout ... I tend to hoard the stuff here in Curacao. :)

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  17. Gorgeous mantel...I love all the wonderful textures and colors!

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  18. Beautiful!
    malaub33@yahoo.com

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  19. Looks great! Next time you go to Ikea let's have lunch! You practically pass my house to get there! I'm outside of Cincy and literally 2 minutes off on of the exits you pass to get there!

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  20. You always do such a great job! Beautiful!

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  21. Love it!! I like the foofy things a lot (as well as their vase!) Are they a real thing, or silk? I think they are real. Do they 'litter'?


    Chrissy

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  22. I'm pretty sure the 'floofy' thing is Pampas Grass. It's the part that grows out of the clump of grass.
    Love the color scheme!

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  23. Those foofy things look alot like they might come from sea grass. I have some in my back yard and they are perfect for fall. The blooms are just perfect this time of year!!
    I love them in the urn you picked!

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  24. Love your mantle, too! Especially all the copper touches - that's my favorite color for fall. Of course, since my birthday is in Nov., fall is my favorite time of year!

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  25. I really Love the pumpkin from Target and the beautiful wreath. The mantel looks lovely.
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  26. The panicle (often called the "plume") of Pampas Grass looks very much like the fluffy things you added to your mantle. I have a ton of those growing around my house...just say the word if you want more!

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  27. It looks amazing!! Love the texture! :) Hope to see you again soon!

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  28. gorgeous! those fluffy things are awesome - I want some! and I didn't realize you had gone through all that with your mantel. I just read the before and after post - awesome!

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  29. what time does your party go live? I'm trying to make some plans but don't want to miss all the fun over here. :) thanks!

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  30. The floofy "stuff" is Pampas grass. I just went out in our yard and cut a bunch last night for a vase!! It is also pretty to put a few pieces of it together and put it throughout the branches of your Christmas tree if you decorate one. Someone asked if it sheds,,,, and I have never had that happen to mine.

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  31. The stuff in the vase is called pampas grass. My mom used to grow it and she said that people used to make brooms out of it.

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  32. What a beautiful mantel, Sarah, and how exciting that you have a bigger mantel to decorate this time around! Your wreath is just gorgeous as well. I love the whole look of the room with the fire going.

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  33. This turned out so beautiful. The wreath is gorgeous and the perfect colors you brought in are stunning. You did a gorgeous job!

    I am so glad to have stumbled across this!

    Shirley
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/109909588/small-brown-autumn-bow-chocolaty-velvet

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  34. That wreath is my favorite- gotta love hot glue for holding it in place!

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  35. So pretty! I love how the burnt oranges in the wreath bounce off your DIY wood art to the left of it, and the red pillow too! By the way your dog is adorbs!! Great mantel!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar.net

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  36. Why not go crazy with decorating your apartment? Buy a few items or better yet make your own home decorations so it's more affordable and unique!

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  37. Love it - warm and pretty! Wish I had some pretty flowers in my yard!

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  38. The wreath is gorgeous. Love all the little touches.

    Cynthia

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  39. I really love the look of a wreath on a mirror, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  40. It's still 90+ degrees every day here in Ft. Worth, so the fall feeling hasn't quite reached me yet! No one wants a big, cozy hug when you're sweating! But seeing your mantel ALMOST makes me want to go find the fall decor box. And go to Target. Maybe I'll start feeling fallish with the "cool front" coming that will make it be in the '80's!

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  41. Guuurrrrrl, that room is looking so classy!

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